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Free File Alliance & IRS Today Launch “Free File” for 2018 Offering Free Industry-Leading Tax Software

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WASHINGTON, Jan. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Taxpayers can get a head start on preparing their tax returns as Free federal tax preparation and e-filing software is now available at  www.IRS.gov/FreeFile to all Americans with a 2017 adjusted gross income (AGI) of $66,000 or less. Powered by The Free File Alliance, a coalition of 12 industry-leading tax software companies partnered with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Free File program gives eligible taxpayers free access to the industry’s most innovative and secure tax software in order to easily prepare and e-file their federal tax returns.

With the tax filing season not officially opening until January 29th, eligible taxpayers can get a head start on their taxes by e-filing utilizing the Free File software. More than 70 percent of all taxpayers — 100 million people — are eligible to use Free File, which is available now at www.IRS.gov/FreeFile.  Not only is the Free File income limitation $2,000 higher than last year for free federal tax services, but there are also many options for free state tax return preparation. Taxpayers can visit www.IRS.gov/FreeFile and utilize Free File Software Lookup Tool to find free federal and free state return options that match your situation.

Please note that, by law, the IRS must hold refunds claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit and/or the Additional Child Tax Credit until mid-February.

Taxpayers now may use their smart phones or tablets to electronically prepare and file their federal and state tax returns through IRS Free File. Taxpayers may access the products using mobile devices in two ways: (1) Use the IRS2Go app, which has a link to the Free File Software Lookup Tool or (2) use the device’s browser to go to www.IRS.gov/freefile. The IRS2Go app is available for Android and iOS devices.

“If your income is $66,000 or less, Free File is there to make it free and easy to do your federal tax returns,” said Tim Hugo, executive director of the Free File Alliance. “Our software offers step-by-step help to get your federal taxes done quickly, safely, securely and at absolutely no cost. In addition, active duty military personnel with incomes of $66,000 or less may use any Free File software product offered by the 12 tax preparation companies without regard to criteria.”

The Free File Alliance and its members continue to make a priority the protection of taxpayers’ personal information through

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